this week I’m thankful for

This week I wrote a to-do list for the major projects that I had on my plate. It seems I did pretty well; I’m one major project short and one workout shy of my intentions, but the rest are crossed off. Which means there is homework for me this weekend.

I have a gut feeling that most successful people out there have an outcome like this, so I don’t feel bad about not getting everything completed. I imagine that the people we look up to usually get a whole lot done, but the still end up shy of their goals. So they just keep plugging along and [wait for it] just keep going.

One thing that I’ve learned from my Midnight Hustling is that I can either do a lot of weekday night work or a decent chunk of weekend work. Doing both last week left me drained, dry, and not happy. So last weekend I took the two days off to purely rest, and this week I’ve worked a bit later, but not much past 6:30. This leaves me with plenty of energy and enthusiasm to work on my Midnight Hustle this weekend.

Interestingly, Mr. Lively and his freelance web programming Midnight Hustle (he’s making Big Cartel and Shopify sites for shop owners) as found the same lesson: multiple long weekend nights or work on the weekends cannot be mixed for his sanity. Though everyone has different temperaments for work, we seem to strike a similar balance.

As far as my thankful photos go, I really need to get better about taking photos during the week! To be completely honest, four of those thankful moments were snapped this morning. Not that I’m not thankful for them… but really I need to be more present during my other days to capture the cool things that happen seven days of the week.

Thanks for reading MML this week. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  1. I’m in the same boat. You can put so many things on your to-do list, but it’s almost assumed you won’t finish them all but you will try your hardest. Also the same way about working. If I work late on the week nights, I won’t be able to work on the weekends and vise-versa. Thanks for the post!

  2. I’ve been struggling with similar things this week. How do I fit in everything I want to do?? From work, blog, volunteering, Midnight Hustle, friends, husband, health, I feel like I can’t focus on everything I want to.

    I totally understand where you’re coming from with weeknight work and weekend work not mixing. I get very anxious when I don’t have a free weekend or weeknight in sight. Actually, maybe that’s why I’m feeling this way this week: weekends on either end of this week were busy.

    I’m hoping to use my vacation next week to figure out a plan to fit in everything I want to fit in and not compromise certain things. I think I’ll use the Weekly Schedule from 7 Habits of Highly Effective people as a template. If you have any other tips or advice, I’d love to hear them! Wish me luck!

  3. So true. Balance in life is very important no matter how productive we want to be. I never told you but after you shared that TED talk on the happy secret to better work, my girlfriends and I have started emailing each other three things a day to be grateful for… It’s been really a really good exercise! Your “things I’m thankful for” reminds me of this… Thank you for always being so inspiring!

  4. Kate

    My to-do list is always too ambitious- so I never get it all done. I loved reading about how you manage your time, and I totally agree! If I work on the weeknights and the weekends, I’m totally burned out! Great post, as usual 🙂

  5. Oh yes, this is so true! I did the same thing to myself a few weeks ago and completely ran myself ragged. It’s not worth it because I find I am less creative and less productive (not to mention less fun to be around, ha) when I don’t find a way to bring a bit of balance to my week. Thank you for the inspiration – plus, it’s just nice to know there are others in the same boat! Happy weekend! xo Laura

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